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Keeping waterways clean and open to boaters is an important goal of the recreational marine industry. Individually and as members of trade organizations, marine businesses push for the enactment of fair rules and regulations governing use of the nation's rivers, lakes, streams and ocean waters.

California group opposes boating fund proposal

Recreational Boaters of California is urging boaters in the state to contact local officials and urge them to vote against a bill they say will use money from a boating fund to prevent damage to streets and properties caused by beach erosion and flooding. Senate Bill 436 would open up the boater-financed state Harbors and…more

Maryland trade group discusses ways to lure new boaters

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Marine Trades Association of Maryland focused on “The Scary Graying of the Industry” during a member conference Tuesday, based on a report in in Soundings Trade Only. American Boat and Yacht Council president John Adey addressed the group on statistics about boaters. “There’s been a major shift in who’s buying boats,”…more

Study shows economic impact of Northeast boaters

Recreational saltwater boating contributed $3.5 billion to the Northeast’s economy last year and supported the equivalent of 27,000 jobs, according to a study. The findings highlight the economic power of the 374,000 recreational boaters along the region’s coast as local ocean development appears poised to accelerate, according to the Associated Press. Aquaculture pens, wind farms…more

Maryland lawmaker favors reduction in boat tax cap

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — At least one Maryland lawmaker is hoping to further lower a tax cap on boats so the state can better compete with neighboring states in sales. Delegates Speaker Michael Busch, who was honored Tuesday by the Marine Trade Association of Maryland in Annapolis, said passing Maryland’s tax cap bill on boats not…more

Training program offered for small-craft boaters

Rhode Island-based Confident Captain/Ocean Pros is launching a new training program this fall with the introduction of the Confident Captain Skill Builder series. The company said the courses are custom-designed, professional development classes for small-craft professional mariners. Small-craft pros make up the majority of the United States maritime fleet; more than half of all Coast…more

Florida offers license-free fishing on Sunday

No fishing license will be required for Florida residents this Sunday during the Labor Day weekend. Gov. Rick Scott and the state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced that Sept. 1 will be a saltwater license-free fishing day for state residents. All bag limits, seasons and size restrictions still apply. “The license-free fishing day on…more

California residents oppose mooring of megayachts

Residents of a California harbor town are upset by a temporary agreement to allow two yachts to moor for 16 days. Two Newport Beach residents hope to stop the arrival of two large yachts slated to moor temporarily in the open harbor area in front of their homes next month, according to the Daily Pilot.…more

Florida charters will help boats steer clear of Air Force testing

Local charterboats will help the Air Force with munitions testing for the next few weeks. The Air Force’s 96th Operations Group will run bombing tests through Sept. 13 in the Gulf of Mexico about 20 nautical miles south of Destin, Fla., as part of the 53rd Wing’s Maritime Strike Program, according to The Destin Log.…more

Annapolis school adds marine-weather class

The Annapolis School of Seamanship added a Marine Weather Basics class to its lineup. The school said the introductory class is designed for everyone and covers the basics of local and regional weather. It provides a firm foundation for the coastal and offshore weather classes that also will be introduced this year, the school said.…more

Potomac Riverboat Co. offers dog-friendly cruises

People love their dogs and their boats and “Mutts and Mimosas” cruises are merging the two. The Potomac Riverboat Co.’s Canine Cruises, also known as “Mutts and Mimosas,” allow dog owners to bring their pets on board for a 40-minute ride on the Potomac River, according to an article in the Washington Post. Potomac Riverboat…more

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